What’s “normal” anyway?

MATT: “How is your dog Yos?”
YOS: “Which one?”
MATT: “The one that your cat used to feed from its nipples every day.
YOS: “Oh yes, yes… No, he is no longer with us… We ate him… Last month we invite all the family around and have a big bbq for my wife’s birthday. A great day. The dog fed everybody”
MATT: “What about bats? Do you eat bats?”
YOS: “Yes. We eat bats… But you must be very careful because bats hang upside down and poo and wee all over themselves”
MATT: “What about rats?
YOS: “Yes. Here in Kupang, not so much. In the village sometimes. In Rote they like the rats… The ones in the fields are very good for eating…”

You may think this is a very strange conversation but the funniest thing about it is that it seemed completely normal! What has happened to us! Ha ha ha. At some point Molly and I slowly looked at each other with a gentle smile… Knowing what the other was thinking… “What if someone from home could hear this conversation right now?!”

Having to spend so much time in Kupang on this trip has made me realise how much we have ‘adapted’ over the past few years. These types of things and more have just become part of our every day life here.

What’s ‘normal’ anyway?
*Eating BBQ chicken and rice off a plate? Or out of brown paper that’s been sealed with staples?
*Eating with cutlery or with your fingers?
*Buying your meat from a supermarket or getting it still alive!

‘Normal’ is what you get used to!

On another note… ‘rumble in the jungle’, as we call it, has made its way past us. The new road is coming through… Things are slowly changing. ‘Normal’ is going to be different here in the future!image

In the meantime, Noah has been earning the big $$ (if you ask him) as he has enthusiastically thrown himself into farming seaweed. His biggest taking was about AUD$3.50 so, on the side, he decided to start up a shop with Grace out front! (mostly lollies, along with anything else they found or made) Our little budding entrepreneurs!image

During the ‘roller coaster’ of a time we have had here this year, we were delighted to host two amazing families here at Mercy Huts. The ‘Youngs’ and the ‘Beaufils’ who, of course, loved the place, but who also continue to bless us and this beautifully unique community we have here. The ‘Young’ family came bearing gifts for the village children and for the children of the Mercy Home. Mama Chi threw them completely in the deep end (as she does) and got them to teach a children’s song in English during ‘kids church!’ We were very impressed with Aaron’s singing voice!image
The kitchen is functioning, the 2nd ‘family beach hut’ will be up and running next year… Just putting the finishing touches on the new bathroom. imageWe have also said goodbye today to what we have always endearingly called ‘the bomb!’ Happy to see her go to a family that has the time to restore her and use her well. God knows, She needs work!

The bomb

The bomb

Don’t worry… Yes, Yos did say the field mice were good here….but we decided to take a ‘rain check’ on that one (and the bats for now)and stick with what’s NORMAL.

See you soon Sydney town.

The Thistlewaites